all things . . . VOICE !

Farewell to a Voice

Earlier posts to my blog pay tribute to distinctive voices we just “know” as we hear them; one of a kind.  We say farewell this week to once such voice, that of comedienne Phyllis Diller, who died in her sleep at 95.

She is a real show biz pioneer, taking to the stand up comedy stage in an era when men dominated.  Diller’s resume before show business includes house wife, a role from which she drew her rich repertoire.  I had the privilege to see her live show and I will always remember the outrageous wardrobe and even more over the top hair do that was her signature.

She was asked once the secret to longevity of her contemporaries, Bob Hope and others.  She said it was because they laughed.  Bravo, Phyllis Diller.  You and that one of a kind laugh that is only you.

August 21, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a Comment

Speaking of Voices


Luke Truan



In today’s edition, I chat with successful voice talent Luke Truan .  With a demonstrated track record in the industry, you’ll find him at LukeTruan.com and see his profile over on Voice123.com. His formal education in music and computer science makes him uniquely suited both to digital audio production and voice over. He is gracious to let me post this podcast interview about how he got his start as a child actor, and the unique place he’s carved out in the world of voice over.  Have a listen here.





July 24, 2012 Posted by | Podcast | , , , , , | Leave a Comment

Quotes of Note

 “Where’s the beef!”  The words appear in print, but you can almost hear that voice.  This, and nine other memorable quotes from movies and television are the subject of Episode 3.  The podcast was recorded using Audacity Sourceforge 2.0.1, and uploaded via Podbean.com, both of which are free programs.
Listen to the podcast and add your own “quotes of note” in the comments.

July 11, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a Comment

Gather ‘Round the Podcast

In the ‘Golden Age of Radio’ of the 30’s and 40’s, families gathered around the first radios that were more like pieces of furniture. Times were tough but through the big box came variety shows, music, news, and episodes like ‘Superman’ and ‘The Shadow’. Fast forward to today and we can still enjoy all that entertainment on the go, on myriad devices, and on no schedule but our own. This episode revisits that Golden Age, including a voice clip of broadcasting legend Edward R. Murrow.  Click Podcast and go to this episode.

July 7, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a Comment

A Hero’s Voice

He was born Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III, on January 23, 1951.  His nickname, “Sully”, became known around the world as he glided disabled US Air flight 1549 safely onto New York’s Hudson River.  The plane’s engines had been disabled by a bird strike.  All 155 passengers survived that landing on January 15, 2009; Captain Sullenberger was last to leave the sinking Airbus A320.  Passengers and crew would later speak of his calm and composure in the midst of the crisis.  New York’s Mayor Bloomberg nicknamed him “Captain Cool”.

It is unlikely you’ll hear Sully’s voice over a passenger cabin intercom now, announcing the weather in your destination city.  But since that 2009 Hudson River landing, Sully finds himself speaking internationally on airline safety, among a host of demands for his calming and expert voice.

Voice of Authority 

How could Captain Sullenberger have known how his life would change, as he left for work that January morning?  Thought to be shy and retiring, his is now a voice with global reach.  A good natured quip about his “pilot’s style” brought his comeback, “Is my voice authoritative enough to convince you to turn off your portable electronic device?”

In addition to owning a now sought after voice, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is the author of two books, Highest Duty, and Making a Difference, Stories of Vision and Courage From America’s Leaders”.

June 29, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a Comment

I Hear Voices

It seems like months ago I made mention of stepping in to the world of pod casting and here goes!  First I want to send a shout out to Mark Blasco at podcastthemes.com for the neat free theme music I was able to build in to today’s intro.  I also stumbled upon a free basic download of Audacity software to produce this little snippet, and of course the folks at Podbean.com make it relatively simple to assemble and publish, for the novice user.  There are plenty more bells and whistles, I assure you.  But I’m pretty pleased with how this first one turned out.

He takes the plunge

Yep.  It’s Me

To my blog’s theme, once again it’s a discussion on the web of all things “voice” – so it was inevitable I’d need to post to my blog what its owner sounds like – untrained, unpolished – but still so fascinated with distinctive voice talent, how they got their start, and what it is about their voices that captures our imagination.  Incidentally, I gravitated to this niche thanks  to a couple of out-of-the-blue comments about my own voice and it piqued my curiosity to see if there is something there.  Well you folks can be the judge of that!

OK, just this introductory offering today.  But hey – you got to start somewhere, right?  By the way, do come by the page in a year or so (if it’s still around!)  And I guarantee we’ll all have a chuckle at how this first installment sounds.  Click the link in the sidebar to listen.

Just listen to those voices . . .

March 5, 2012 Posted by | Podcast | , , , | 1 Comment

And that’s the way it is . . .

   Among voices I remember vividly from youth is that of CBS anchor Walter Cronkite.  His is one of those voices when heard, has instant recognition across generational lines, certainly among baby boomers.  In my case, his distinctive sound accompanied a course image on black and white televisions that were the norm until just about when I left home.

I did not always have this appreciation for “America’s most trusted news man”.  How my siblings and I would wage war when Dad exercised authority over viewing content, switching to the news from cartoon episodes we enjoyed. ( Those were the days when one actually walked across the room to change to one of the other FOUR channels, perhaps adjusting aluminum foil on the antennae. )  Nevertheless, this deep rich voice presided over breaking news now in history books.  I do remember a strangely different Walter Cronkite as he reported the surreal events around the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Cronkite’s report ended nightly with ” . . and that’s the way it is”.  He died at the age of 92 at his home in New York.

Indulging my passion for the world of spoken word, public speaking and voice talent,  there is not surprisingly a virtual avalanche of discovery on the world wide web.  Really overwhelmed, I had the good fortune to stumble upon terrific, practical how-to blog building content in Pat Flynn’s podcast on Smartpassiveincome.com  ( follow Pat on Twitter @PatFlynn )

Though not viewing Pat’s site content with the same game plan as much of his online community, I did get much needed organization tips and a jump start in the direction I want to take my blog.  It is so often in just knowing how to start.

And that’s the way it is . . .

February 10, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment


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